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UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 2021

How to manage biological data and use computational methods to power life science research

Start date:

28 September 2021

End date:

30 September 2021


Online (via Zoom)

Registration deadline:

27 September 2021



About the conference.

UK Conference of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology logo

Modern life science research is increasingly reliant on data science, and a failure to keep pace with computational methods will leave UK life science research treading water.

The UK-CBCB conference will cover the breadth of biological data management, analysis and sharing.

Bringing together biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, software engineers and data scientists across the life sciences, to share innovations, applications and best practice in their fields. Talks will cover data standards, algorithm and tool development, and data curation.

The three-day conference will be applicable to bioinformatics researchers working on core services or in research teams as well as computer scientists or bioinformaticians developing tools or maintaining data resources.

Registration is now open, as well as abstract submission (see the further information tab for more details)

Conference sessions:

  • Structural Bioinformatics - analysis and prediction of three-dimensional molecular structures
  • Metagenomics and Microbial Bioinformatics - the diversity and complexity of microbial genomes and identification in environmental samples
  • Research Data Management - approaches for validation, storage and protection of data under the FAIR principles
  • Bridging Genotype to Phenotype - computational approaches to deciphering the complex interactions between genotype and environment and how these affect phenotype
  • Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics - harnessing large-scale studies to determine protein and metabolite function for the discovery of biomarkers
  • Artificial Intelligence - exploring innovative applications of artificial intelligence for the exploration of complex biological data

There will also be a workshop session: UKRI Innovation Scholars - Data Science Training in Health and Bioscience.


Alongside the UK-CBCB, we are hosting the annual ELIXIR-UK All Hands. This meeting brings together people working at ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions to:

  • Share knowledge and experience from the previous year of ELIXIR activities
  • Network with other people working on life science data infrastructure across the UK
  • Work together to develop strategy for the future of ELIXIR-UK

All members of ELIXIR-UK consortium member institutions working on ELIXIR-related projects are welcome to join a pre-conference meeting, and all UK-CBCB attendees are welcome to join the workshop session: UKRI Innovation Scholars - Data Science Training in Health and Bioscience.


Day 1

Tuesday 28 September 2021

10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 11.45

Session 1 - Research Data Management, chaired by Rob Davey (Earlham Institute)

Invited speakers:

  • Community building for FAIR data - Connie Clare (4TU.ResearchData)
  • Data Stewardship for the Rothamsted Long-term Experiments: the challenges for curating yesterday’s data for tomorrow’s researchers - Richard Ostler (Rothamsted Research)

11.45 - 13.30

Poster session in SpatialChat

13.30 - 15.00

Session 2 - Computational Proteomics and Metabolomics, chaired by Ralf Weber (University of Birmingham)

Invited speakers:

    • Untargeted metabolomics of COVID-19 patient serum reveals potential prognostic markers of both severity and outcome - Ivayla Roberts (University of Liverpool)
    • Talk Title TBC - Jyoti Choudhary (Institute for Cancer Research)

    15.00 - 15.15


    15.15 - 16.45

    Workshop session:

    UKRI Innovation Scholars - Data Science Training in Health and Bioscience, chaired by Krzysztof Poterlowicz (University of Bradford) and Robert Andrews (Cardiff University)

    Join representatives from the projects awarded as part of this UKRI grant call to hear about the training they are developing in data for life scientists. This session is relevant to those working in life science data who want to learn more about the future of training, and is especially relevant to people who already run training in data science in the areas of health and bioscience.

    Posters also available in SpatialChat

    Day 2

    Wednesday 29 September 2021

    10.00 - 11.30

    Session 3: Structural Bioinformatics, chaired by Franca Fraternali (King's College London)

    Invited speakers:

    • Refinement of Protein Structures in Cryo-EM Maps: Lessons from CASP14 - Maya Topf (CSSB, Centre for Structural Systems Biology)
    • Sequence space, deep learning and the protein partner identification problem - Alessandra Carbone (LIP6, Sorbonne University and French National Center for Scientific Research)

    11.30 - 13.30

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    13.30 - 15.00

    Session 4: Artificial Intelligence, chaired by Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)

    Invited speakers:

    • Talk Title TBC - Ruchi Choudhary (University of Cambridge)
    • When big data are not big enough - Sotirios Tsaftaris (The University of Edinburgh)

    15.00 - 16.00

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    Day 3

    Thursday 30 September 2021

    10.00 - 11.30

    Session 5 - Bridging Genotype to Phenotype, chaired by Wilfried Haerty (Earlham Institute)

    Invited speakers:

    • Highly Annotated Genomes as a Resource to Improve Farmed Animal Production - Emily Clark (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh)
    • Talk Title TBC - Eric Miska (The Gurdon Institute)

    11.30 - 13.30

    Poster session in SpatialChat

    13.30 - 15.00

    Session 6 - Metagenomics and Microbial Bioinformatics, chaired by Melanie Schirmer (Technical University of Munich)

    Invited speakers:

    • Measurement error in microbiome data and its impact on replicability - Amy Willis (University of Washington)
    • Unraveling the mechanisms of phage infection using multiomics approach - Li Deng (Institute of Virology, Helmholtz Centre Munich and Technical University of Munich)

    15.00 - 15.15

    Closing Remarks

    Invited speakers.

    Further Information

    Abstract submission

    We are offering the opportunity to present your research at the conference. Please register for the conference first, and then proceed to abstract submission. We particularly encourage PhD students and early career researchers to submit abstracts.

    • You will present either as a ten minute talk, or a poster (via SpatialChat), and can select your preference during the registration.
    • The submission deadline for abstracts is Sunday 8 August 2021
    • All abstracts must be submitted electronically, submissions via email will not be accepted
    • Abstract limits are 250 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations)
    • Presenting author should be highlighted in bold
    • Abstracts will be reviewed within 14 days of the submission deadline and you will be informed of the outcome shortly thereafter

    Terms and conditions

    Please carefully review our standard online event booking terms and conditions prior to registering for this event. Completing an online registration and associated payment process will mean that you are bound by these terms and conditions. Any supplemental terms or changes to these conditions on a per event basis will be included on this page. If you have any queries regarding our events or in relation to your booking, please contact us at training@earlham.ac.uk.

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    EI Training & Events Team, training@earlham.ac.uk